Welcome to my introduction to the best new fantasy novel (in my opinion, lol) High King of Britain, by Tracy Cooper-Posey. If you love anything related to King Arthur, and historical romances, then you will fall in love with this novel as much as I […]
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A strong-willed intelligent woman meets an equally strong-willed, successful alpha-male. No wonder the sparks are flying from the moment those two meet in “He’s a Brute” by Chloe Liese. If you like it hot, and steamy, but also love a well-crafted suspenseful story, then […]
A dangerous serial killer, and a long lost love. The Forgotten Ones by Andrea Bills is a romantic thriller that you will not forget so easily. So if you enjoy heart-pounding action, mixed with just the right amount of love, and a second chance romance, then this newly released novel will be perfect for you. Don’t take my word for it – read the excerpt below and judge for yourself!
And while you are scrolling, stop by the giveaway at the end of the post, for your chance to win a signed copy of Hardwired by Andrea Bills and a Swag Bag to boot!
Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Andrea Bills
Publication date: May 6th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
From the iBooks Bestselling Author of Hardwired:
One small town.
One lost love.
Agent Caitlin Cade is called back to her hometown by a serial killer. She’s avoided the town for six years, trying to create a new life away from the painful memories of the sudden passing of her father and love lost.
Dean Campbell was given a mission that forced him to walk away from the only woman he had ever loved. Just as his mission is over and he can return to her news reaches him that a serial killer has Caitlin caught in a deadly game.
Can Dean handle not being the one in control in order to show Caitlin he’s back for good? Can Caitlin not only face her past but also a killer who always seems two steps ahead of her? As a game of chess plays out using human bodies, secrets and lies come to see the light of day for the first time.
All the Gods, all the heavens, all the hells, are within you. —Joseph Campbell
“Have you ever heard the saying; ‘only the forgotten are dead’?”
The young girl shook her head. Tears welled up in her eyes, but they hadn’t fallen yet. This one was tough. She was fighting the terror that was undoubtedly coursing through her body. There was no point in fighting it; her death was inevitable.
“See, I will kill you, but if I remember you, then it’s like you’re not even dead.”
A whimper escaped from the girl. She wasn’t the first one to die, and she wouldn’t be the last. She would be the first to send a message, so her body would be the first one to be discovered unlike the others; the forgotten ones. Their bodies had been left to decay in their shallow graves never to be found. There was an added excitement knowing someone — Agent Caitlin Cade more precisely— would be staring at this girl’s dead body in just a matter of hours.
“Don’t worry baby girl, you won’t be one of them; one of the forgotten ones. You’re going to be found.”
A scream ripped through the room.
“I always like to talk during this next part. I don’t know why. The first few times I thought maybe it was just what was left of my humanity reaching out to offer comfort in the final minutes of their lives, but that’s not it. I haven’t had humanity in years.”
The knife sliced through the air, and the first cut into flesh vibrated to the depths of the killer’s soul. The feeling was orgasmic. Another cut and then another. The smell of fresh blood wafted through the room permeating every single crack and crevice. The beautiful scream that ripped from the girl’s throat was the icing on the cake. Over and over the knife cut into her flesh.
“I saw a therapist once, and she told me that my mind was like a disease. Can you believe that? Someone who went into the business of helping people told me that.”
The girl’s body was lifeless now. There was no point in checking for a pulse. Still, the desire to feel the knife tear through her flesh was uncontrollable. That was the problem with the urges. They were impossible to control. Blood sang a song like the sirens from the old tales, and there was no refusing the call.
“I already knew my mind was diseased, and I’m not going to stop until I’ve infected everyone.”
If only walls could talk, these walls would tell some very horrific stories. Stories that were filled with screams, begging and pleading, but never salvation. This room had never seen salvation.
Andrea is a wife, mother and writer from small town West Virginia. She spends her time while she’s not dreaming up lovers and villains alike chasing after her two kids and husband.
Her overactive imagination and her husband’s wacky dreams attribute to her love of the written word. Guilty pleasures include reading all night and Reese Cups.
I have another excerpt for you! Today, you can read a snippet of the about the be released young adult novel I Spy The Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong! And yes, the book is already available for pre-order, so you can make sure that […]
Do you like Friends – To – Lovers Romances? Then I have a new release that you should check out. Or at least, you could read the excerpt of In Other Words by Jennifer Woodhull below, and see if you find it as interesting as […]
Today, we are taking a trip to Las Vegas – well, not in real life, of course, but via this newly released Paranormal Romance called Eye of the Hurrican by Ophelia Bell. Just like Sin City, though, this novel is not for those looking for a clean ride – however, if you like your fun hot, then you will love this new book!
And after reading your excerpt of this hot new novel, enter the giveaway for a 15 Dollar Amazon gift card, and your chance to get a signed copy of Eye of the Hurricane! Info is at the end of the post!
Title: Eye of the Hurricane
Author: Ophelia Bell
Series: ((A Fate’s Fools Novella: Breath of Air Collection) )
Publication date: April 30th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
My name is Aella, and Fate wants me dead.
According to entertainment news, I’m the Angel of the Las Vegas Strip, the most sold-out singer at the Pandemonium Casino. According to the higher races—who I didn’t even know existed up till now—I’m part of the bloodline, which means I’m part-human, part-something else.
It also means I’m a threat to Fate’s precious balance.
To protect me from Fate’s wrath, three demigods have taken it upon themselves to act as my guardians—and lovers. But with the hounds of Fate nipping at my heels, can the Winds tear themselves away from their sibling rivalry over my affections long enough to keep me safe?
And why do I have to choose?
“So you’re some kind of wind magician?” I asked, astounded that I’d even suggested magic was real. And yet when I said it, I knew I was on the right track.
Over the past few weeks, I’d seen more and more things that just seemed out of the ordinary in a way that went beyond normal human weirdness. Even a place like the Vegas Strip had its limits for the odd and unexplained. What I’d seen recently was more… supernatural.
Baird took a step toward me, closing the distance. “No, Aella,” he said, gripping the jumpsuit bunched at my hips and pushing it down. “I am the wind.”
He wrapped his arms around me and picked me up, and in one smooth motion, he spun us and leaped off the ledge overlooking Las Vegas.
I yelped in surprise, clinging to him when I realized we had just dived off the Stratosphere without a fucking harness.
“I’ve got you,” he said as we plummeted.
“Yeah, but who the fuck has you?” I blurted, my voice pitched close to panic, then broke into hysterical laughter when I realized I’d just channeled Lois Lane. My secret admirer was fucking Superman.
A snapping noise like sails in the wind hit my ears and I opened my eyes again, but instead of the sky behind Baird’s shoulder, there was a pair of enormous wings feathered in shades of deep gray and striped with white. They beat with slow, strong strokes, and the wind cascaded across my back as we rose higher into the air, soaring away from the Stratosphere and over the Las Vegas Strip.
Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren’t apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don’t mind being with a woman who’s in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.
Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.
Book Blitz and Giveaway: Beneath the Broken Moon: Season One by Sarah Mäkelä: A New Adult Paranormal Romance Series
I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, the only thing better than a great paranormal romance is a series of paranormal romance novels. Even better, when they are well developed, making it impossible to be put down. This is why I was excited […]
Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl since January of 2018, these weekly blog post link up features a variety of book-related topics. This week we all focus on Standalone Books That Need a Sequel. My list is quite diverse, so […]
Title: Building Celebration House
Author: Annette Drake
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
Publisher: Baskethound Books
I love anything paranormal, which is why I picked up this Building Celebration House, after reading the blurb, even though I never thought that this book would have had a deep ghostly bend, especially judging from looking at the cover and just hearing the title.
The main character, a young dying woman (her new “second” heart is failing), who also happens to be a Nurse with a specialty in Cardiology, is the center person of this book, but she is by far not the only character that is easy to fall in love with. But, to get to the part where all of the main characters are introduced, the reader has to move through the quite dry and wooden first part of the book, that left me not as connected to the story as I wished it to be.
However, once Carrie arrived at her newly purchased home – The Celebration House – as she would call it later – the most interesting part of the story began. It is there, where we begin to learn about the history of the building, and its residents – dead, but very lively residents, with strong opinions, and a depth, that I loved – and get to experience the charming (mostly, lol) interactions between them and the new owner.
While no part of this story is particularly heart-stopping, it is this smoothly paced, well planned out section of the book, that made me wish it would go on forever, or at least for a long while. The budding romance between Tom – a ghostly soldier who treats Carrie with the respect and tenderness she deserves – is for me the most important part of the entire story, because it drives toward the – somewhat predictable ending, but it was charming and heart-warming enough, to make me overlook the predictability of that part of the story.
Sadly, once we arrived at the conclusion – and I will not spoil it by naming what actually happens – we are only treated to a very short experience of this so very important plot point of this book, a very short part that barely received more than a side note, and was somewhat disregarded, as if it was not as significant as it actually was. What a let down, after such a build up! It would not have taken much, to extend this part of the book to turn it from a somewhat disappointment to an epic novel, I would have had no problem recommending to anyone.
To be fair, I did enjoy the center of the story enough to say that it was somewhat worth the abruptness, and carelessness of the Author at the end. Overall, this book left me conflicted and wishing that Annette Drake would have given some aspects of the novel more attention, instead of only focusing on the middle part.
3 out of 5 Stars
Carrie Hansen delights in seeing others happy, the deep down kind of happy from falling in love or being with family. Well, okay, not her family. But she knows happiness exists, and she wants to surround herself with it before she runs out of time.
With her recent heart transplant a failure, Carrie purchases an antebellum mansion, the perfect venue for weddings and parties, and the perfect place to spend the rest of her days, watching others enjoy life. She just never expected to find love. Why, oh why, now? Much less with a ghost.
Maj. Thomas Gentry is a Civil War soldier who died in battle in 1861. While he’s not the only spirit Carrie encounters at the aging plantation, he’s certainly the most handsome. As restorations on the mansion progress, Carrie’s health declines, yet her relationship with Tom grows stronger. She discovers an inner strength and happiness she’s never known.
When renovation problems arise, Carrie doubts she can finish Celebration House in time. Even if she does, how can she plan a future with this man from the past?
About the Author
Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences. She is currently polishing the last book in her Celebration House Trilogy, Return to Celebration House.
Annette makes her home in Washington state. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp.
What you should read next
If you like books who’s storyline entails a little longer timeframe, but come to a satisfying well-paced solution, you should read Emily March’s Eternity Springs Series. The books in this series can all be read as stand-alone novels, and it is not important to start at the beginning to understand what is going on in each individual novel. However, after reading one, I am sure you will fall in love with the series, as much as I have, and start devouring all of them!
This series also has a small amount of otherworldly feel, but not from the presence of ghosts, but more from the presence of a very central, very living part of the town in which it plays in.
Are you in need for a little magic? I surely am, which is why I am looking forward to the release of Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn, a new Urban Fantasy Novel, that already has me hooked after reading the excerpt, I was kindly provided […]